iW50 event: Making 50-50 a Reality - The In & Out, Naval and Military Club, London

Thursday November 23 2017

Advanced Boardroom Excellence sponsored the iW50 Series event: Making 50-50 a Reality.

What does a successful diverse organisation look like, and how can we actually make it happen? Is there really a business case for gender equality? What kind of timeline is realistic?
Denise Wilson shared the main findings of the Hampton-Alexander Report which was followed by a panel discussion. This high-level presentation and debate was a joint event with the INSEAD International Directors Network (IDN) organised as part of the iW50 programme, and designed for men and women interested in the realities of attracting, developing, and retaining diverse talent at every level. 

Helen Pitcher OBE, President of the IDN and Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence moderated the event. 
The speakers were:

  • Denise Wilson OBE, currently a Non-Executive Director of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, Chair of the Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Royal Academy of Arts Friends and member of the Royal Academy Audit Committee.
  • Oliver (Olly) Benzecry, Senior Managing Director at Accenture UK and Ireland
  • Anne Minto OBE, non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committees on the boards of Shire plc, Tate and Lyle plc and EXL Inc. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Aberdeen Development Fund and an independent governor on the University of Aberdeen Court. 
  • Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, a portfolio non-executive director and advisory director with current positions which include the Department of Education and Bath University.
  • Julie Chakraverty, currently a Non-Executive Director of Standard Life Aberdeen and the the founder of the digital mentoring platform, Rungway.

iW50 event, London. Images curtesy of INSEAD International Directors Network (IDN)


Read More

Find out what happened on the day and reflect on the event with articles from Helen Pitcher and from Dina Medland


The Hampton-Alexander Review is an independent, business-led review supported by Government, which has set a series of recommendations aimed at increasing the number of women in leadership positions of FTSE 350 companies.

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